Grain-free Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

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Grain-free Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

I’ve got a lot for you today. I have the first-ever pancakes on Tasty Yummies, a few life lessons, a #virtualpumpkinparty and one of my favorite healing superfoods! Here we go….

Have you ever had a day, or a stretch of days where you are overloaded with life lessons, messages and moments that stop you dead in your tracks, to smack you upside the head with a little nugget of goodness, before sending you on your way, again?

I have had a lot of those lately. Little lessons and hidden reminders, that bubble up to the surface within the most mundane of moments and oftentimes coming out in the midst of the most frustrating challenges. It could be that I have been attempting to be more aware in the present in the moment, being open to what’s around me, rather than living in my head and getting caught up in letting my mind wander (which is something I often do). Whatever the cause, these little reminders have been exactly what I need, lately, exactly when I needed them.

These beautiful and delicious, Grain-free Pumpkin Spice Pancakes, they were the culmination of so many reminders for me this past week. The first attempt at making these, I found myself swearing and angry. I had wanted to make waffles but they just weren’t working out, so I attempted to just make pancakes instead, as long as I had the batter. Pancakes weren’t what I had wanted and it wasn’t part of the plan – so, at first I really let it bother me. After a few deep breaths and in realizing that I had inadvertently created really delicious pancakes, I found myself really grateful for the mistake. On the second creation, I was super happy with how the pancakes came out again, but in editing the photos I realized that I should have chosen a smaller plate, the pancakes were getting lost in a sea of pattern from the large plate. I nearly scrapped the entire recipe and I found myself in tears, at my computer! In hindsight and in writing this out, I realize just how silly and insignificant this all seems and how ridiculous I may sound, but, as usual I am finding, in the simplest of moments, the biggest lessons are learned, so I wanted to share some of these sweet lessons that were brought to me this week.

1) Be OK with the Imperfections in Life.

I have to admit something to those that may not know me personally, I can be a bit of a perfectionist at times. Part of why you have never seen a pancake recipe here on Tasty Yummies, is my need for certain things to be perfect (in my own mind, that is). I worried that my pancakes wouldn’t be perfectly round and that people wouldn’t make them if they weren’t big and fluffy. I feared if I didn’t have the perfect shot of the perfect stack of pancakes, the syrup ever so delicately dripping over the edge, they would  be a failure. So, although I make pancakes at home all the time, I had opted, in over 5 years of sharing recipes here on TY, to not share any of my pancake recipes, for not wanting to have to photograph them, worried that they would be wonky and imperfect.

As I was asking my food blogger friends for tips on making perfectly round, pristine pancakes, I was reminded by my dear friend Sherrie, to just ’embrace the imperfections!’ I recalled in her beautiful reminder, that I myself am drawn to the social media feeds and the blogs where life isn’t illustrated as “perfect”. To me, the authenticity of the creator shines through in the imperfections and those are most often where I find myself relating and connecting with someone vs. the perfection so often carefully crafted and curated for viewing in the public light.

I decided that like me, no one else reading this blog is “perfect”. You probably have lumpy, not-so-round, imperfectly perfect pancakes all the time at your house. I’d be willing to bet, however, even in their imperfections, like my homemade pancakes, that yours still taste incredible, and everyone that you serve them to are happy to eat them, just the same.

Grain-free Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

2) Less Really Can Be More.

It doesn’t always have to be about the big stuff in life. Bigger and more, they aren’t always better. Take these tiny, cute little pancakes – they may be dwarfed by the pretty patterned plate, they may be smaller than a traditional pancake, but these orange-hued, subtley-spiced, seasonal pancakes, they pack a punch, both in flavor and nutrition.

The Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides, like these pancakes, it too packs a punch. With just one ingredient, in my mind, it beats out all other “superfood protein blends” you’ll find at most stores, often loaded with synthetic ingredients, unnatural “flavors” and colors and who knows what else. Collagen Peptides are not only a great source of clean protein and essential amino acids, they are also great for your skin, hair, nails, immune system, digestion and since I have added to my daily diet, they have played an integral role in healing my gut and my overall health, this year. This powerful, healing superfood doesn’t need anything added to it to boost it, it is tasteless and can be added to smoothies, baked goods, or simply to a glass of water.

Grain-free Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

3) It is Not Happiness That Makes Us Grateful. It is Gratefulness That Makes Us Happy. 

Finding gratitude in the challenging moments of life, this can be hard at times. Next time you are in the midst of a challenge, stop to recognize that every moment is a given moment and that moment in itself, is a gift. We can’t buy moments, no one gives them to us, they are there for us and within each and every moment we have an opportunity to be grateful.

In the car three days ago, in a moment of stressful errand-running after the failed waffle debacle, I flipped the radio to local NPR affiliate and I caught the end of the TED Radio Hour, this past week’s theme was “Simply Happy”. I heard the end of this beautiful speech from David Steindl-Rast, that I have heard so many times before and the feelings of gratitude for the timing of this story, immediately flooded over me.  Suddenly where I was struggling with feelings of failure and feeling stressed about the imperfections, my focus shifted to being so grateful and so happy that I get to do what I love every day, even in the moments of stress and challenge. When I left the house I was agitated and frustrated and by the time I returned home, my face was filled with a smile and my heart nearly exploding out of my chest.

Had these challenges not arose for me in this recipe, I wouldn’t have been reminded to slow down, to open my heart to the lessons and I wouldn’t have recognized these beautiful opportunities to be grateful for. In opening my eyes and my heart to these gifts, I was also given the opportunity to share them here with you, rather than my regular old run of the mill recipe post. I can only hope that these lessons spark something within some of you, too.

Honestly, I am pretty darn excited about these pancakes. They have an incredible texture, browned with just a hint of crisp texture on the outside, fresh off the griddle and they are soft, fluffy and moist in the center. The pumpkin flavor is subtle, but it’s just enough to get that fall excitement going.

If I haven’t shared enough good stuff today, if you are looking for more pumpkin-treats this fall season, please take the time check out this wonderful series of pumpkin recipes brought to you by over 70 incredible bloggers and curated by Sara of Cake Over Steak! It’s our little fall-inspired #virtualpumpkinparty.

And, if you want to learn more about Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides visit their website here and if you are looking to buy some yourself, use coupon code VPA-9582-180VX-EDIM, when shopping, for 10% OFF + FREE shipping

Grain-free Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

[print_this]Grain-free Pumpkin Spice Pancakes {grain-free, dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free}
serves 4, about 4-6 small pancakes each

  • 1 1/2 cups cassava flour
  • 1/4 cup tapioca starch
  • 3 tablespoons Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides (coupon code VPA-9582-180VX-EDIM for 10% OFF + FREE Shipping)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • pinch of ground cloves
  • 1 13.5 oz can organic full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil or avocado oil, plus more for greasing the pan
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 teaspoons apple cider vinegar


Heat a griddle or pan over a medium-low heat. Lightly grease with a small amount of coconut oil.

In a large bowl add all of the dry ingredients, including the spices. Whisk well to combine.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the coconut milk, pumpkin puree, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla extract and apple cider vinegar.

Stir the wet ingredients into the dry. Whisk well to combine. The batter will be thick and it will continue to thicken as it sits.

Pour a scant 1/4 cup of the batter onto the hot, greased griddle. Carefully spread it out, so it’s not too thick. I find using the back of a large spoon, that has been dipped in water, to work best. The pancakes will end up being about 3-4″ round.

Cook until bubbles start to form and the underside is golden brown. Flip and cook until the other side is golden brown. Set aside and continue with the remaining batter.


Recipe Notes:

this batter is thicker than most pancake batters and it gets thicker as it sits. I suggest keeping the skillet or griddle at a lower temperature, and using the back of a wet spoon to spread the batter out as soon as you drop it on the hot griddle.

when spreading the pancakes out on the griddle, thinner is better, as the thicker pancakes will be pretty moist in the center.

try adding in chopped nuts, chocolate chips or cacao nibs



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7 Responses

  1. Rachel says:

    Oh, girl. This is the story of my life — I totally feel you. My perfectionism can sometimes be a great asset, but other times it can really cloud the “bigger picture” and become a challenge. Imperfections are what make life and art so interesting and seriously…i don’t care what my pancakes look like, I’m totally eating them xoxo

  2. Amanda Paa says:

    i am so with you on needing reminders that imperfection is okay, in fact beautiful. we can be our toughest critics. i think they pancakes sound amazing, and i’ve had such great luck with cassava flour. and vital proteins – my favorite for binding without using eggs! xo

  3. Liv Faye says:

    Hi Beth 🙂 That #virtualpumpkinparty looks full of tasty recipes, thanks for sharing! Is there anything I can replace the cassava flour with? something more… affordable…? haha

    Are the Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides acting as the binder in the recipe?

  4. once my cassava flour comes in the mail i want to make these! They look delish!

  5. Brittany says:

    I love things that are mini so these pancakes look perfect to me. Like you, I’m drawn to food photos where the food looks real rather than staged but it’s so easy to be critical of our own work.

    I’m curious about the Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides. I need to try them!

  6. Sherrie says:

    Hell yeah embrace those imperfections!!!! But also, you killed it. These are kinda perfect 😉

    All my love, all the time, xo!!

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